ataxia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀταξία (ataxía, disorder), derived from ἄτακτος (átaktos, disorderly).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈtæksɪə/, /eɪˈtæksɪə/
  • Hyphenation: atax‧ia

Noun[edit]

ataxia (countable and uncountable, plural ataxias)

  1. (pathology) Lack of coordination while performing voluntary movements, which may appear to be clumsiness, inaccuracy, or instability.
    Synonyms: ataxy, dystaxia (rare)
  2. (chemistry) The condition of a polymer in which the orientation of the subunits is random
  3. (obsolete) Disorder; irregularity.
    Synonym: dystaxia (obsolete)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

ataxia f (plural ataxias)

  1. (pathology) ataxia (pathological lack of coordination)

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ataxia f (uncountable)

  1. (pathology) ataxia